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Do You Know Your Sailboat's "Stopability"? Do You Know Your Sailboat's "Stopability"?
September 1, 2015 ~ Multi-time circumnavigator Hal Roth once said "An engine does not substitute for seamanship under sail." What three techniques can you use to stop your sailboat--under sails alone--in an emergency or in case you lose your engine? Follow these easy sailing tips for success! keep reading

Five Sailing Tips for Speed and Balance Five Sailing Tips for Speed and Balance
August 29, 2015 ~ When you sail in a building breeze, does it take more than two degrees of rudder to hold your course? What fast, easy steps will help you sail with more speed, power and balance? Read on to learn five top sailing secrets the pros use for peak performance! keep reading

How to Make a "Power Turn" in Heavy Weather How to Make a "Power Turn" in Heavy Weather
August 27, 2015 ~ Imagine that you need to turn your sailboat around in heavy seas. You'll need to use rudder and throttle along with perfect timing to avoid broaching and capsizing. Read on to learn the secrets of this top boating safety skill for sailing safety--wherever you choose to sail or cruise! keep reading

Sailing Reality Check - Are Nautical Charts Obsolete? Sailing Reality Check - Are Nautical Charts Obsolete?
August 25, 2015 ~ Sailing by GPS has made sailing safer in a big way. But it's also made some sailors less attentive to the "big picture" that surrounds their small sailboats. How can we combine the power of GPS and traditional navigation to maximize sailing safety? Read on to discover one fast and easy sailing solution keep reading

Seven Steps to Safer Sailing in Any Season! Seven Steps to Safer Sailing in Any Season!
August 22, 2015 ~ Sail or cruise and you'll need to organize sheets, preventers, and jacklines for sailing safety. What seven sailing tips can you put into play right now to keep your sailing crew or partner safe 'n sound? keep reading

How to Maintain Sailing Rigging Integrity All Season Long! How to Maintain Sailing Rigging Integrity All Season Long!
August 20, 2015 ~ What sailing equipment costs less than one dollar, weighs less than one ounce and helps keep your sailboat mast up, your blocks and turnbuckles together and shrouds and stays in place? Watch this sailing video to discover seven steps to help keep your sailing rigging in great shape all season long. keep reading

Boating Safety - Breaker Lines are No Place for Sailboats! Boating Safety - Breaker Lines are No Place for Sailboats!
August 18, 2015 ~ Sail the waters of the world and you will encounter breakers in inlets or near shoals in coastal and offshore waters. Sail too close to a breaker and you risk capsize or an overboard emergency. Here's what you need to know... keep reading

How to "Zero" Your Sailboat Steering Compass How to "Zero" Your Sailboat Steering Compass
August 15, 2015 ~ Will your sailing steering compass get you home in thick fog, blinding rain squall, or heavy weather? How can you use your boat compass to double-check the GPS to find the next waypoint, turn, or aid to navigation? Use this little-known sailing tip for safer sailing on the waters of the world. keep reading

Could This Be Sailing's Most Secure Knot? Could This Be Sailing's Most Secure Knot?
August 13, 2015 ~ What sailing knot could you use to tie a halyard to a shackle, haul yourself aloft in a bosun's chair, contain the loose sailcloth on a reefed mainsail, or lash sailing gear in place in stormy weather? And it's not a bowline! If you need absolute security and compact-ability, you'll want to know how to tie this super knot! keep reading

Where Does Sailing Risk Management Begin? Where Does Sailing Risk Management Begin?
August 11, 2015 ~ Not long ago, one racing sailboat lost more than half of the crew in a race off the west coast of the US. All were experienced racing sailors and the latest race-required safety equipment was aboard. They sailed into an area that showed breakers on the chart. The sailboat rolled onto her side... keep reading

How to Set Sheet Blocks for Maximum Sail Power How to Set Sheet Blocks for Maximum Sail Power
August 8, 2015 ~ Where do your Genoa sheet blocks need to be positioned for peak performance? What simple sail telltale "break test" will help you trim your Genoa to perfection? Follow these sailing tips to help you sail faster when day sailing, cruising or racing! keep reading

Ten Boating Safety Low Visibility Sailing Tips Ten Boating Safety Low Visibility Sailing Tips
August 6, 2015 ~ Sailing basics begin with preparation for the weather where you day sail, cruise or race your small sailboat. What ten steps can you take to make sailing in fog, haze, squalls, heavy rain, or even high seas safer for you and your sailing crew or partner? Watch this sailing skills video to find out now! keep reading

Sailing Reality Check - Sailor or Seaman? Sailing Reality Check - Sailor or Seaman?
August 4, 2015 ~ I believe seamanship has nothing to do with whether you go onto the water on a sailboat or power boat. Nor does popularity enter into the formula. Being a good seaman ranks far above being adept at trimming sails or making a boat go fast on a race course or across an ocean. Where does seamanship begin? Read on and then you decide keep reading

Sail Trim Secrets - Short-Tacking in Tight Spaces Sail Trim Secrets - Short-Tacking in Tight Spaces
August 1, 2015 ~ We were sailing in an advanced class where everything was under sail. For the next two days, that engine remained in "cold iron" status. We were under mainsail and jib and would need to tack our way out of a narrow slipway with the wind dead ahead! Here's how we did it... keep reading